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Knitted Cats & Kittens
Sue Stratford

Search Press
22 February 2013 (1 April US)/ ISBN 9781844488469
How-To Books/Knitting
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Reviewed by Rachel A Hyde

Cats are such popular pets that a book on making cat toys is bound to be a hit.  There is a cat in here for every moggie lover, twenty in total from a tiny puss to Supercat, stripy creation to outlandish monster, and many in between.  I love the fact that they are not all just soft toys, but a hot water bottle cover and doorstop as well, plus a Christmas cat in a stocking that would make a great ornament.  There are accessories too, tiny mice, a basket, scratching post and balls to chase--which are sure to make any toy more fun to play with—along with clothes to dress them in.  

 At the beginning the author has several pages where she describes the yarns and some techniques, but this is not a beginner’s book so you must learn the basics of knitting elsewhere.  This book is aimed at improvers and intermediate knitters, those who can read a pattern and know how to make up a toy without staged diagrams. In short, it is a book of projects not a how-to book.  Each pattern has a large photograph of the finished item plus a list of everything you need to buy, tension and the size of the toy. Patterns are in written form (no charts) and use a variety of different yarns, including variegated and fluffy for different effects.  This is a lovely book for all those who enjoy knitting, and will yield up enough toys and ornaments for many gift-giving occasions and charity fetes for years.

 UK Reviewer: Rachel Hyde's work can be found in Sewing World, Sew Hip, Popular Crafts and other magazines. Her craft blog is Green Thoughts

Reviewed 2013